May 24
9:04 AM 2014

BWW Interviews: RYAN KNOWLES Talks WE WILL ROCK YOURYAN KNOWLES plays "Buddy" in WE WILL ROCK YOU the smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton featuring legendary songs including "We Will Rock You," "Another One Bites the Dust," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "We are the Champions," and "Bohemian Rhapsody." WE WILL ROCK YOU will be at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, May 27-June 1. Tickets are on sale at Blumenthal Performing Arts Box Office: 704-372-1000 and

Ryan who enjoys an actor's life starting his day at noon, was in full gear and funny when we spoke.

LAW: Where are you now?BWW Interviews: RYAN KNOWLES Talks WE WILL ROCK YOU

RK: I'm in Tampa Florida. I've been here since Tuesday.

LAW: How long have you been acting?

RK: Ever since I was speaking. [Pause] I did community theater back home in Orange County, California. I couldn't wait to go to New York.

LAW: What was your first professional job?

RK: Paid, professional job? [Laughs] I was hired for the rink-dinkiest puppet show to teach health. I did all the voices for the puppets and I manipulated the puppets. It was a very small show.

LAW: How did you get the role of "Buddy"?

RK: The audition for "Buddy" was single handedly the worst... [Laughs] I ran into my agent on the street as I was heading to another audition. Much to my chagrin, I found out I had the date wrong. I thought the audition was for the next day. I ran there totally unprepared and just did what I thought of at the moment. They asked me to come back prepared, which I did. The callback was fun. Ben Elton [writer] enlarged my character's role as the comedy relief.

BWW Interviews: RYAN KNOWLES Talks WE WILL ROCK YOULAW: What was your most memorable experience in your profession?

RK: It changes... I like each new experience. It would have to be the opening in Baltimore with Brian May [Queen's guitarist] and Roger Taylor [Queen's drummer] on stage. That was the greatest!

LAW: Tell me about your character?

RK: I love this guy. He's the most likable, least threatening, large comic relief. 'Kind of a Han Solo and Willie Nelson mix. He's a stoner guy who lost some brain cells. He's slow, but he's not stupid. He has a mystery to unravel. He's the first one on stage and the last one on stage.

LAW: Tell me about an average day for you while you're on tour.

RK: I've been on tour six months. A normal, typical day,... I wake up late, noon and I'm slow to start. I'm in Tampa now, so I hit the pool, wander and explore. At five o'clock, I warm up vocally, as it's a very demanding show. I don't get out of the theater until eleven o'clock. Depending on what town I'm in, I might have to think about food before the performance to get my Jimmy Johns early before restaurants close.

LAW: What's the worst experience you've had on the road?

RK: The worst I put out of my head. Travel nightmares, schlepping stuff... Travel is tedious, but so is office work. It's all relative.

LAW: Do you find there's a difference in the audience reaction depending on what city you are in?

RK: I like to look and study the audience as they listen and respond to "Are You Ready to Rock?" That's when I know what kind of an audience it is. My experience, the blue-collar towns go nuts for this show.

LAW: What should the audience expect?

RK: Come to this show if you're looking for a party. This is pure unadulterated fun. You'll have a blast!

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Linda Ann Watt Linda Ann Watt is a member of SAG, AFTRA and AEA and owns Corlin Productions, a union franchised production house. Through Corlin Productions, Watt has written and directed film, television, documentaries, commercials and educational programs with celebrity guests including Betty White, Nell Carter, Dom DeLuise, Aaron Neville, Tippi Hedren and Sid Caesar. Watt teaches two acting & scene study classes at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center—the Master Class using "Method" techniques and the Workshop Advanced for working actors, directors and writers. Watt has been a recipient of a Grass Roots Arts Project (GAP) Grant 2008-2012, awarded through the Union County Community Arts Council (UCCAC) and the North Carolina Arts Council for an Enrichment Arts Program teaching acting and filmmaking & editing to youth, coordinated though Union County Public School (UCPS). Watt produces lectures featuring entertainment industry and celebrity guests for the Charlotte community. As a past executive board member of Women In Film in Los Angeles, Watt chaired and produced the Academy Awards© Viewing Party four consecutive years, which became an annual top Hollywood event. Watt has appeared in movies, television stage and national commercials. Watt is presently in post-production with her children’s series for Funny Productions, a division of Corlin Productions and she has been asked to direct a feature film "Thirty Day Promise" in late summer. For more information: